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LISTEN: 'Canadiana' musician brings his live sound to KAXE studios

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Jeff Plankehorn is an Americana singer-songwriter based on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

A KAXE live session with Jeff Plankenhorn.

GRAND RAPIDS — A change of scenery can be a great way to find inspiration.

Jeff Plankenhorn is an Americana singer-songwriter who moved to Vancouver Island after 20 years living in Austin, Texas. The picturesque landscapes of the Pacific Northwest inspired his new album, Alone At Sea.

Plankenhorn recently stopped by KAXE and performed two songs from the album live in-studio. First, the title track, where the inspiration is easy to spot with references to the ocean and different types of boats.

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Jeff Plankenhorn speaking to Malachy Koons in October 2023 in the KAXE studios in Grand Rapids.

Next, “Maybe It’s Not Too Late,” a song that Plankenhorn called a “unitarian-universalist-everybody-welcome gospel tune.”

Listen to the full performance live from KAXE above.

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Malachy started his radio career at a college radio station, where he played weird music in the middle of the night to possibly no one. On a good night maybe his parents were listening. Nonetheless, he was hooked on public radio and is still doing it today. He joined Northern Community Radio in 2022, where he gets to share his passion for local music as Producer of Centerstage Minnesota, an all Minnesota music show airing Fridays at 2pm.